Sidelined’ subjects are ‘still really important’ in school says Horndean headteacher
Subjects that can be shelved in comparison to those often considered more important are ‘still really important’, according to one headteacher in Horndean.
Horndean Technology College celebrated the success its pupils achieved in subjects like acting, dance, music and languages on GCSE results day. Julie Summerfield, headteacher at the school, said staff work hard to make sure such subjects are still of interest to students.
She said: ‘Our German teacher, Mr Surgeon, was named Best German Teacher of the Year by the German Embassy this year. ‘Ninety-four per cent of students who took German got a 9-4 pass grade, with 83 per cent getting a 9-5 pass grade and 38 per cent a 9-7 grade. ‘That rubber stamps why he got the award – because of the government’s policy languages and the arts are being sidelined, but we work hard to make sure those subjects are still successful, and we celebrate how well students do in them.’
Computer science is another less popular subject offered at the school, but one that is ‘very important’ according to Mrs Summerfield, and not offered by all secondary schools. Molly Bruce, 16 and from Waterlooville, achieved a grade 9 in computer science. She said: ‘I’m happy about my results, it means I can do A-levels at Alton College in maths, further maths, physics and computer science. ‘I want to go to university to do computer science and eventually work in cyber security. ‘The support here has been really good.’